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Pigott is an ancient name whose history on English soil dates back to the wave of emigration that followed the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. The name comes from the Old English given name Picot or Pigot. The surname Pigott was originally derived from the Old English word pic, meaning a hill with a sharp point at its top, and would originally have indicated that its bearer lived near such a landmark.

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The surname Pigott was first found in Cheshire and Cambridgeshire where Picot of Cambridge (c.10221090), born in Saye, Normandy, was a Norman landowner and rose to become Sheriff of Cambridgeshire ( c. 1071-1090.) His son Robert, became implicated in a conspiracy against King Henry I, fled the country and the family estates were forfeit. Another reference claims "the family originally came from Cheshire; William Pigott of Butley in the parish of Prestbury in that county, who died in 1376, was grandfather of Richard Pigott of Butley who married the heiress of Peshall." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.

Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Pigott, Piggot, Piggett, Piggott, Piggot, Pigot, Picot and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pigott research. Another 281 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1333, 1630, 1657, 1686, 1719, 1777, 1720, 1796, 1640 and 1716 are included under the topic Early Pigott History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Thomas Pigot (Pigott, Piggott) (1657-1686), an English cleric, academic and Fellow of the Royal Society; George Pigot, 1st Baron Pigot (1719-1777), former...

Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pigott Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Pigott family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 51 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Pigott or a variant listed above:

Pigott Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Edward Pigott, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1801
  • Mark Pigott, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
  • Robin Pigott, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • William Pigott, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1813
  • Betty Pigott, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1813
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Pigott Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Robert Pigott, who arrived in Esquimalt, British Columbia in 1862

Pigott Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • David Pigott, aged 39, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Isle of Thanet"
  • Matilda Pigott, aged 19, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Grand Trianon"
  • William Pigott, aged 22, a mason, arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "Clara"
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  • Mark Pigott (b. 1954), American CEO of PACCAR Inc
  • William Pigott, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Washington, 1916, 1924, 1928
  • Shirley Persons Pigott, American Republican politician, Candidate for Texas State Board of Education 2nd District, 1998
  • Luther G. Pigott, American Republican politician, Candidate for West Virginia State Senate 13th District, 1944
  • James Protus Pigott (1852-1919), American Democrat politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives, 1885-86; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Connecticut, 1888 (speaker), 1900
  • Brad Pigott, American Democrat politician, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi, 1994-98; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Mississippi, 2004
  • Sir Henry Sebastian Pigott (b. 1925), 5th Baronet
  • Sir Berkeley Pigott (1894-1982), 4th Baronet
  • Sir Charles Robert Pigott (1835-1911), 3rd Baronet
  • Sir Thomas Pigott (1796-1847), 2nd Baronet
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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Tout foys prest
Motto Translation: Always ready.

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Citations



  1. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.

Other References

  1. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  2. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  4. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  5. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  6. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  7. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  8. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  9. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  10. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
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The Pigott Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pigott Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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